“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9).
I recently looked up the definition of a staging area. It is “a place to gather in preparation on the way to a destination, or a temporary location to stay while awaiting transition to a new field of operations”. Two words impressed me – preparation and temporary – and I realized that my chronic pain and health problems are a staging area for my eternal life.
Staging areas can be messy. Our family room loses its neat appearance during these preparation times and that can’t be helped. So it is with my earthly body and life. I want my life to be neat and organized, but pain and illness are messy. Life doesn’t go as planned, but this is only temporary. I am on the way to a “new field of operations” – my heavenly home. Right now God is preparing me for what lies ahead. There are things He wants to teach me and aspects of Himself that He wants to reveal to me in this staging area of pain.